ISLAMABAD - Pakistan yesterday strongly condemned the terrorist attack and hostage-taking at Radisson-Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali, on Friday morning that resulted in the loss of precious lives.

“The people and government of Pakistan share the pain and anguish of the people and government of Mali over this terrorist attack and wish to convey their heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.

It said terrorism was a common enemy of mankind and Pakistan reiterated its condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Mali on Friday, seizing 170 guests and staff including many foreigners in a hail of automatic gunfire, exactly a week after the deadly rampage in Paris.

Dozens of hostages managed to escape the early morning raid, but 138 people were trapped in the besieged Radisson Blu hotel in the Malian capital Bamako and the security ministry said at least three people had been killed.